£70m network upgrade project progressing well

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is progressing with a £70 million project to upgrade the existing overhead network between Beauly and Keith, with the second phase of work now under way between Nairn and Elgin.

£70m network upgrade project progressing well

Since the 18-month project started in Spring last year, SSEN Transmission’s teams have installed over 45km of new overhead line, replacing the original which was installed in 1955 and is now approaching the end of its scheduled working lifespan. 

In addition to replacing the actual overhead line conductor, specialist teams are also carrying out inspections and refurbishment of 363 towers along the 109km route.

Once complete, the newly conductored line and refurbished towers will not only strengthen the infrastructure for existing customers across northern Scotland, the upgrade will also ensure the network is able to meet the increasing demands from renewable generators looking to connect to the GB transmission system.

The current phase of the project will see work continue between Nairn and Elgin, where teams will replace 32km of line and work on 122 towers.

Mike Cowie, SSEN Transmission’s project manager, said: “The excellent progress we are making on this project is testament to the great teamwork across the sites; this winter just past has provided us with challenges, but with everyone’s flexibility and determination to deliver on time, we were able to re-schedule certain elements of the work without any negative impact on the overall project.

To watch a short video of overhead line being installed near Elgin, please click on the image below.

Beauly to Keith Upgrade: wire pulling at Elgin from SSEN on Vimeo.


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